A Grant Submission New Year's Resolution

The Edge for Scholars

Half of us make new year’s resolution, but fewer than 1 in 10 succeed.  Many of these resolutions involve getting over a tendency to procrastinate.  NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Dr. Mike Lauer, decided to look at how much scientists procrastinate getting a grant in by looking at how close to the deadline various […]

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Another Human Subjects Proposal Change: Inclusion across the Lifespan

Rebecca Helton, MA

NIH is making another change to the grant proposal format for research involving human subjects.

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Putting It All Together: Kevin C. Ess

Rebecca Helton, MA

On a recent Monday, Kevin Ess found himself in the operating room helping guide a brain resection procedure for one of his patients with epilepsy.  Earlier that day, he collected skin samples from two other children with a genetic form of epilepsy, then took them back to his lab to reprogram the skin cells to […]

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New NIH Biosketch Format Required Starting January 25, 2015

The Edge for Scholars

The NIH will begin requiring biosketches in the new, five-page format for all applications submitted on or after January 25, 2015.  (Read the announcement.)  You can download a sample of the new format from the NIH website.  The list of publications has been replaced by a “Contribution to Science” section, which will require you to […]

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It's All About Teamwork: William Wester

Rebecca Helton, MA

If you talk to Bill Wester about his work, the first thing you hear will be how much he values the teams on his two major grants.  Due to the hard work and dedication of the faculty, program managers, Bioinformatics team members, web developers, and work/study students he collaborates with, “the sky’s the limit in […]

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Rock Talk: Comparing Success Rates, Award Rates, and Funding Rates

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Let’s delve a bit deeper into one of your and my favorite topics: success rates. Most of you monitor success rates as an indicator of NIH funding trends but also as the main way to determine your chances of receiving an NIH award. But what exactly do these rates mean? Our official success rates for […]

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Did You Miss It? Big Research Investing and a Decade of DrugMonkey Blog

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

This week’s edition of Friday Fighty Squirrel (FFS) offers a quick glimpse of things you might have missed this week on the interwebs while you were working away on that Aim 2 of that pesky Experimental Plan.  Money is almost everyone’s favorite work toy. This week, big money is being invested by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative started by […]

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Working Hard Does NOT Mean Success (at Grants or Anything Else)

The Edge for Scholars

There’s this persistent myth that I need to tear down once and for all. Maybe it won’t all happen in this one blog post, but by God I’m gonna give it a good start. The myth? It’s that all it takes to succeed is hard work. I have seen lives destroyed by that myth, more […]

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